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Spotlight: Manufacturing is Key to Building Stronger Communities

Vice President Pence Visits Tendon Manufacturing in Cleveland, Ohio on 6/29/17 - The White House Manufacturing is a critical economic sector where workers develop and use the latest technology and build lasting, meaningful careers.

With 12.4 million employees in the U.S. producing goods that are consumed domestically or exported abroad, manufacturing is one of the keys to building stronger communities.

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Success Story: Recent EDA Investments in Missouri and West Virginia Support Local Efforts to Grow their Manufacturing Base

Vice President Pence Visits Tendon Manufacturing in Cleveland, Ohio on 6/29/17 - The White House On Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs (DAS-RA) Dennis Alvord joined Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson to break ground on Ranken Technical College’s new Manufacturing Inc., incubator facility.

Ranken is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields.

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Highlight: U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Report on Streamlining Government Permitting and Reducing Unnecessary Regulations on the Domestic Manufacturing Industry

DOC logo On October 2, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released the Streamlining Permitting and Regulatory Burdens for American Manufacturers report that was submitted to President Donald Trump.

The report, which gathered input from domestic manufacturers and industry stakeholders, identified 20 sets of regulations and permitting issues as being a top priority for reform and immediate action to begin unleashing of the domestic manufacturing industry.

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Success Story: Economic Disaster Recovery – The Calm after the Storm

Disaster Recovery save lives and fosters innovation in economically distressed communities. When devastating events wreak havoc on lives and communities, EDA has been there to aid those affected by a disaster.

The following success story shows how EDA’s role in helping communities respond to disasters has made them become more resilient:

Louisiana Flooding

Louisiana endured two devastating floods in 2016. Torrential rains in March and August resulted in rivers reaching historic flood levels throughout the state.

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Highlight: Local, State and Federal Agencies Coming Together on New Regional Watershed Approach

State of Louisiana EDA joined federal, state and non-profit partners at the Louisiana Resilient Recovery program’s kick-off meeting this August in Lafayette.

Coordinated by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and supported by FEMA and the National Disaster Recovery Framework, the program focuses on flood mitigation.

During this meeting, it was agreed that the three most affected regions of the 23 Louisiana watersheds will take a regional rather than local approach for the first time to reduce risk from flooding.

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Spotlight: 50 Years of Partnership Success: EDA’s Planning Program

Recognizing 50 Years of EDA's Planning Program At EDA, we believe that locally-owned strategic planning is critical to facilitating regional economic development efforts and we understand that some communities need help developing a plan and figuring out where to start their efforts. To promote effective economic development in America’s communities and regions, our Planning Program (PDF) has helped local organizations (Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes, and other eligible areas) with long-term strategic economic development planning efforts, and helps communities undertake focused, project specific planning activities. A key component under this program is developing, maintaining, and implementing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

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Success Story: Economic Development Districts: Marking a Half-Century of Paving Paths to Stronger Communities

50 Years of Partnership Success This year, many of the nation’s first federally-designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs) are turning 50! We commend all of our EDD network partners for their dedication and service! Below are just a few examples of numerous successes EDDs have accomplished through the years!

Illinois - Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission

As a result of the collaboration fostered through the CEDS process, the Greater Egypt Regional Planning & Development Commission, over its 50-year history, has been able to help diversify and grow the region’s economy by helping to attract more than $350 million in private sector investment that has helped to create more than 7,000 jobs for local citizens. Impressive projects have been generated as a result of this regional focus in Southern Illinois.

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Highlight: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Contributes to Effective Economic Development across America

Recognizing 50 Years of EDA's Planning Program The EDA-led Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process can provide a roadmap to effective economic development in America’s communities and regions through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process. Economic development planning – as implemented through the CEDS – has helped to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration.

EDA’s CEDS process provides the capacity-building foundation through which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic actors (individuals, firms, industries), creates an environment that fosters regional economic prosperity.

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